Ye Olde Picture Ad

My wife put together this artwork to commemorate my first complete restoration since opening G6 MotoSports, and to present it to the Triumph owner when he picks up his beautiful bike this weekend! An original advert from an old Cycle mag and photos of before, during and after completion of his very first motorcycle once again in his possession!! Here’s to many miles of enjoyable riding and reminiscing for him!

1971 Triumph Bonneville T120R

1971 Triumph Bonneville T120R

Oh crud!!!

This sweet old GPZ 900 didn’t want to not stop… The brake calipers were hanging up because of the corrosion behind the seals of the piston. Brake fluid, whether it is Dot 3,4 or 5, acts as a sponge and absorbs water that builds up from the heating and cooling effect calipers undergo every time they are used.¬† So, after the brake fluid becomes saturated (just like a sponge) it can no longer prevent the water molecules from etching the aluminum and necessitating¬† expensive repairs if you want to continue riding your beloved motorcycle. Or you can simply perform some preventive maintenance, like flushing the brake system on a cold or rain filled weekend every couple of years. This is why most manufacturers recommend replacing your brake fluid every two years. Check your owner’s manual for other items that need attention every year or two that you can take care of or bring it by and I will see that it gets all the service it needs!

Hard to tell with all the bodywork off, but this is the same bike from "Top Gun".

Hard to tell with all the bodywork off, but this is the same bike from “Top Gun”.

There really isn't much crud in the caliper's cylinder.

There really isn’t much crud in the caliper’s cylinder. Just enough to clearly see the brake fluid had absorbed all the water it possibly could.

 

Most of the crud was caused by water caught behind the seals of the caliper.

Most of the crud was caused by water caught behind the seals of the caliper. As the moisture oxidized the aluminum, it pushed the o-ring seals outward until the caliper piston could no longer move freely .

Road grime on the outside and corrosion on the inside.

Road grime on the outside and corrosion on the inside.